Meet Elyse Slaine (#RHONY)

Ep. 24

After making her mark this past week during a much heated discussion with Sonja Morgan (“I was never a trophy wife”), Elyse Slaine comes all the way downtown for a chat about all things Elyse and RHONY. From her humble beginnings in Brooklyn, Elyse settled in NYC’s UES shortly after school and began a career in Mortgaged Back Securities and Financial Trading (yes, she is smart). Elyse sets the record straight about her google rich past - palatial apartments, hedge fund honcho ex-boyfriends and feisty housekeepers. Despite what you may have read in the press, hear the real story directly from Elyse herself. Of course, all roads lead back to RHONY. Elyse tells us how she was cast (by accident folks), her relationships with Apple holders past (Jill, Bethenny, Heather, Aviva), present (Dorinda, Sonja, Leah) and how she feels about her Moniker, “Ramona’s Friend”. Take a bite out of that apple and listen in.

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